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Reptiles of San Diego County

Amphibians of Baja California | Amphibians of Baja California | Herpetology | BRCC | Field Guide

Introduced species are marked with an asterisk (*).

Anguid Lizards: Family Anguidae

California Legless Lizard

Anniella pulchra

Southern Alligator Lizard

Elgaria multicarinata
Crotaphytid Lizards: Family Crotaphytidae

Baja California Collared Lizard

Crotaphytus vestigium

Cope's Leopard Lizard

Gambelia copei

Long-nosed Leopard Lizard

Gambelia wislizenii
Eyelid Geckos: Family Eublepharidae

Switak's Banded Gecko

Coleonyx switaki

Western Banded Gecko

Coleonyx variegatus
Geckos: Family Gekkonidae

Peninsular Leaf-toed Gecko

Phyllodactylus xanti
Iguanid Lizards: Family Iguanidae

Desert Iguana

Dipsosaurus dorsalis

Common Chuckwalla

Sauromalus ater
Phrynosomatid Lizards: Family Phrynosomatidae

Zebra-tailed Lizard

Callisaurus draconoides

Banded Rock Lizard

Petrosaurus mearnsi

Coast Horned Lizard

Phrynosoma coronatum

Flat-tailed Horned Lizard

Phrynosoma mcallii

Desert Horned Lizard

Phrynosoma platyrhinos

Desert Spiny Lizard

Sceloporus magister

Western Fence Lizard

Sceloporus occidentalis

Granite Spiny Lizard

Sceloporus orcutti

Southern Sagebrush Lizard

Sceloporus vandenburgianus

Sonoran Desert Fringe-toed Lizard

Uma notata

Long-tailed Brush Lizard

Urosaurus graciosus

Black-tailed Brush Lizard

Urosaurus nigricaudus (= U. microscutatus)

Common Side-blotched Lizard

Uta stansburiana
Skinks: Family Scincidae

Gilbert's Skink

Eumeces gilberti

Western Skink

Eumeces skiltonianus
Teiid Lizards: Family Teiidae

Orange-throated Whiptail

Cnemidophorus hyperythrus

Tiger Whiptail

Cnemidophorus tigris
Night Lizards: Family Xantusiidae

Granite Night Lizard

Xantusia henshawi

Sandstone Night Lizard

Xantusia henshawi gracilis

Desert Night Lizard

Xantusia vigilis
Boas: Family Boidae

Rosy Boa

Lichanura trivirgata
Colubrid Snakes: Family Colubridae

Glossy Snake

Arizona elegans

Baja California Ratsnake

Bogertophis rosaliae

Western Shovel-nosed Snake

Chionactis occipitalis

Eastern Racer

Coluber constrictor

Ring-necked Snake

Diadophis punctatus


Hypsiglena torquata

Common Kingsnake

Lampropeltis getula

California Mountain Kingsnake

Lampropeltis zonata


Masticophis flagellum

Baja California Coachwhip

Masticophis flagellum fuliginosus

Striped Racer

Masticophis lateralis

Spotted Leaf-nosed Snake

Phyllorhynchus decurtatus


Pituophis catenifer

Long-nosed Snake

Rhinocheilus lecontei

Western Patch-nosed Snake

Salvadora hexalepis

Western Black-headed Snake

Tantilla planiceps

Two-striped Gartersnake

Thamnophis hammondii

Common Gartersnake

Thamnophis sirtalis

Western Lyresnake

Trimorphodon biscutatus
Threadsnakes: Family Leptotyphlopidae

Western Threadsnake

Leptotyphlops humilis
Vipers and Pit Vipers: Family Viperidae


Crotalus cerastes

Red Diamond Rattlesnake

Crotalus exsul (= Crotalus ruber)

Speckled Rattlesnake

Crotalus mitchellii

Western Rattlesnake

Crotalus viridis

Seaturtles: Family Cheloniidae

Loggerhead Seaturtle

Caretta caretta

Green Seaturtle

Chelonia mydas

Olive Ridley Seaturtle

Lepidochelys olivacea
Snapping, Musk, and Mud Turtles: Family Chelydridae

Snapping Turtle

Chelydra serpentina*
Leatherback Seaturtles: Family Dermochelyidae

Leatherback Seaturtle

Dermochelys coriacea
Water and Box Turtles: Family Emydidae

Pacific Pond Turtle

Clemmys marmorata

Pond Slider

Trachemys scripta*
Land Tortoises: Family Testudinidae

Desert Tortoise

Gopherus agassizii
Softshell Turtles: Family Trionychidae

Spiny Softshell

Apalone spinifera*


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2) Collins, Joseph T. 1997. Standard Common and Current Scientific Names for North American Amphibians and Reptiles, 4th ed, SSAR Herpetological Circular No. 25.
3) Frank, Norman and Erica Ramus. 1996. A Complete Guide to Scientific and Common Names of Reptiles and Amphibians of the World. N G Publishing, Pottsville, Pennsylvania. 377 p.
4) Grismer, L. Lee. 2002. Amphibians and Reptiles of Baja California, Its Pacific Islands, and the Islands in the Sea of Cortes. University of California Press. 409 pp.
5) Liner, Ernest A. 1994. Scientific and Common Names for the Amphibians and Reptiles of Mexico in English and Spanish. SSAR Herpetological Circular No. 23.
6) San Diego Herpetological Society Special Publication No.3.
7) Stebbins, Robert C. 1985. A Field Guide to Western Reptiles and Amphibians. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, Massachusetts. 336 p.
8) Stephens, Frank. 1921. An annotated list of the amphibians and reptiles of San Diego County, California. Trans. San Dieoo Soc. Nat. Hist. 3(4):59-69
9) San Diego Natural History Museum Database

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